Blending vividly written essays and over a hundred attractive illustrations--including 32 color plates--The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a stunningly designed and authoritative account of the once glorious civilization on the Nile. Ranging from 700,000 BC to 311 AD, this volume portrays the emergence and development of Egypt from its prehistoric roots to its conquest by the Roman Empire. The contributors--all leading scholars working at the cutting edge of Egyptology--incorporate the latest findings in archaeological research as they chart the principal political events of Egyptian history, from the rise of the Pharaohs and the conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great, to the ascension of the Ptolemies and the coming of Roman legions. The book also includes the first detailed examinations of three periods which were previously regarded as "dark ages." Against the backdrop of the birth and death of ruling dynasties, the writers also examine cultural and social patterns, including stylistic developments in art and literature, monumental architecture, funerary beliefs, and much more. The contributors illuminate the underlying patterns of social and political change and describe the changing face of ancient Egypt, from the biographical details of individuals to the social and economic factors that shaped the lives of the people as a whole. The only up-to-date, single-volume history of ancient Egypt available in English, The Oxford History of Ancient Egypt is a "must read" for everyone interested in one of the great civilizations of antiquity.
Issue: 2011 12 30
Edition: 1St Edition
Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction : chronologies and cultural change in Egypt / Ian Shaw -- Prehistory : from the Palaeolithic to the Badarian culture (c. 700,000-4000 BC / Stan Hendrickx and Pierre Vermeersch -- The Naqada period (c. 4000-3200 BC) / Béatrix Midant-Reynes -- The emergence of the Egyptian state (c. 3200-2686 BC) / Kathryn A. Bard -- The Old Kingdom (c. 2686-2125 BC) / Jaromir Malek -- The First Intermediate period (c. 2160-2055 BC) / Stephan Seidlmayer -- The Middle Kingdom renaissance (c. 2055-1650 BC) / Gae Callender -- The Second Intermediate period (c. 1650-1550 BC) / Janine Bourriau -- The 18th dynasty before the Amarna period (c. 1550-1352 BC) / Betsy M. Bryan -- The Amarna period and the Later New Kingdom (c. 1352-1069 BC) / Jacobus Van Dijk -- Egypt and the outside world / Ian Shaw -- The Third Intermediate period (1069-664 BC) / John Taylor -- The Late period (664-332 BC) / Alan B. Lloyd -- The Ptolemaic period (332-30 BC) / Alan B. Lloyd -- The Roman period (30 BC-AD 395) / David Peacock